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Someone Following you?

If you drive for real, you piss people off. Occasionally you piss them off enough to follow you. I’ve had people try to follow me several times. Most of them give up after they see I can’t be shaken 🙂

What to do

First find out if they are following you by taking a few turns.. If they continue to follow you past 3-4 turns, try a U-turn. If they follow you with a U-Turn. You know for sure…

IF you think you’re seriously in danger, drive to a police station or if you don’t know where one is, or are too far, drive to some big local public place. Most people won’t screw with you if you do that.

What I do is just keep driving till they give up, one time a guy didn’t like me passing him so the followed me every turn. It was sorta like the movie “Duel” cuz I never did see who it was. They had their entire car tinted big time. I drove them all around town before they got sick of it and turned around 🙂

Accidents

If you ever see some accident with no police around, or something that might endanger people, like that dude who parked his truck in the middle of the road at night with the lights off. Take the time to stop off and dial 911 and do something about it. Both times I did it, I was the first to call and had I not, who knows what would have happened. Don’t say hey someone else will do it. If you have to sit there and warn people till the police show up, do that too. That’s where my flares will come in handy =] Get involved.

Broken Clutch Cable

At sometime your clutch cable might go out. It’s happened to me about 2-3 times. Your clutch goes all the way to the floor and it becomes useless. Rather than pulling over and leaving it and towing it, it’s still possible to drive it if it’s manual of course. What you do is turn your car off at the intersection and brake to a stop. Then when it’s your time to go, start the car in first gear, the thing will lurch forward and you start going trying to get the car at the perfect rpm to jam the stick into 2nd. You might have to skip from 1st to 3rd. When it
happened to me, I couldn’t get it into 2nd only 1st and 3rd. IF you can avoid stopping, it’s all the better. I would slow down really slow at red lights ignoring all the people piling up behind me till the light turned green. I
turned on my emergency flashers if they got too restless. Stop signs I rolled through them slow enough to fake like I sorta stopped. I turned on my flashers. I also held up my hands to make sure no one moved even if it was out of awe of some dude holding up his hands telling them to stop. Remember there is the right rpm to shift it, and you have to jam it into gear ignoring all the nasty sounds. And to stop you have to turn the car off because there is no good way to shift it into first with it on. Using this saved me a lot of trouble and allowed me to get home to get a ride for a clutch cable. No towing..

No brakes!

I think either 2 or 3 times my brakes have gone out. The pedal just goes to the floor. It is possible to drive a car with no brakes. I did it for like 60 miles on freeways and city streets. I was driving along and I came up to a stop and the flipping brakes gave out. I ended up on someone’s front lawn. I called up my dad and he said just drive it so I did. When you work at it, it’s pretty easy. What you do is shift to slow down. It’s pretty impossible with an automatic, yet another reason to go with stick. What you do is leave a huge ass space between you and cars and shift down and use the emergency brake for the final stop. Using that I was able to drive all of creation until I could get it fixed. Once you learn, you learn for life. It’s kinda fun actually 🙂

No Taillights (but headlights)

Use your emergency flashers. That should alert the people behind you, who would otherwise not see you. Then get the car home till day or to a shop.


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    • Englishman on:
      Why?
      I'm a Brit and I've been saying this for years, now I find a whole website devoted to the subject. I feel vindicated! Having driven quite a lot of miles on the roads of about 28 US states, the moment you get into California everything changes! Anything goes on the roads there, you have to adopt a completely different style of driving just to accommodate their sheer lunacy! It's probably the stress of living in a sate where everyone likes to think they're a hippy when most of them are just a bunch of wage-slaves on the corporate merry-go-round!
    • Cam on:
      Why?
      I was born in Washington. WSP. I lived near Shelton. Near their police academy. They use Highland road to practice on speeders. They lowered the speed limit on the road to write tickets. If California is too lenient Washington is too strict. We moved to California. A much better place to live and drive. Washington is full of vindictive drivers. California is not. If you live in California do as the Romans. We adapted it works.
    • Zach on:
      Vans
      I kinda feel like part of the reason California drivers suck is because they are in such a rush to get where there going they put other people at risk by doing a bunch of risky manouvers. So the guy in the vans an idiot, you know intentionally cutting him off close isn't going to make him not do that shit anymore. If people just learned to let shit go traffick would go faster because there would be less accidents.
    • NoLoveForCali on:
      Why?
      Agreed. Freaking idiots.
    • NoLoveForCali on:
      Why?
      I wish they would leave TX, too. Jerks.
    • Auchoo on:
      Why?
      I know some very sweet people who drive like they just got behind the wheel, or as if they don't understand the laws of motion. I also know some very stressed people who drive like fools. I likely drive too fast at times, but I don't tailgate or weave or cut people off. I go with the general flow of traffic. I get angry when speed demons drive in the slow lanes and when slugs drive in the fast lane. Why? They're creating a perfect storm for accidents. We have no CHP. Or it seems that way. I can drive for months, for hundreds, thousands of miles, and NEVER see a CHP. Assanine law makers REFUSE to send us the money to hire more CHP. It's been an issue for decades. As the bureaucrats allow more illegals and unskilled drivers to drive on our roads and highways, and fail to deal with those who text and drive, and fail to police our hwys, we will continue to have sucky, dangerous roads, and people will continue to be killed on the hwy. Want change? Vote out the current law makers. The are blind bats.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      If you want to go slow. Law states slow traffic to move to the right. No one owns the road. Also be mindful some people may have emergencies like a pregnancy.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      So you admit you turn in front of people going the speed limit and force them to slow down? Sounds like your just another control freak who just has to mess with traffic. I haven't seen you cite any creative ideas to help everyone win. Here's an idea to help. Wait until its reasonably clear before you pull in front of people as tye dmv book states in many states. I even cited above a law too. You haven't cited anytbing. Sounds like your also a problem too. Demon speeders and control freaks who want to pull in front of people and stay in the left most lane for "freeway changes". You know they usually have a few lanes for you to be in (if you read the arrows on the sign) and there are usually two or three. So you can still pick a right slower lane even for freeway changes. So I think your just making excuses like a typical Californian to just mess with people and justify it. Your just as much a bully and just as much ignorant of the law. I am not siding with the author, but I also think you help continue to problems. I hope that on day when you have an emergency that someone goes slow in front of you and just holds you up so hopefully on the off chance you may gain self awareness that there's more than just you in the world. Selfishness has little to no value in society. Which means selfish boisterous and rude people like you are a cancer to society.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      Remember that when you have an emergency that involves a family members life. Or when someone fails to yeild and holds up the ambulance. I Can't wait till I move to Idaho (they don't drive fast there), because they follow proper lane laws. If you think you own the road because because r vindicated in your opinion that your driving slower than the speed limit. Your no better than the demon speeders and your judgement is not only a futile double standard argument, it's also just as disrespectful to others just as much as driving like a dope fuel dragster jerk. So get see self awareness or just expect people like me to just challenge the weak foundation of your self righteousness with grandiose feeling of highfalutin narcissistic and just as selfish thinking. Make your freeway change and afterwords get over to the slow lane where the law states you belong. Dmv book, read it son.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      I was born and raised in Cali, and have moved to and from Cali. Served my country and went to Korea (2014), no thanks needed. Before I lived in Idaho I enjoyed Cali (due to the tropical area we lived). After I came back to Cali, I just don't get it anymore. As a native, I wonder how they learned these balehaviours and how I missed them. Every time we drive we always have to drive defensively. Is there something in the water? Is it cause they are spoiled and pampered princesses? Quite a few of you hit the nail on the head. Do me a favor, spread the word about this. Perhaps years and years f a propeganda campaign on poor Cali driving may help brainwash them to want to change it to fight the offensive label. Use social media to politicize it until they are tired of hearing it and change. Usually if you label a group of people, they fight to change it. Look at every race in history and their struggles.

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    I’ve driven in California since 1991. I’ve spent many trips running up and down the state as well as driving in many other states. After all of this driving, I became fed up with how bad California drivers on. I wanted to point out what they do to either help change a few drivers or at least entertain the rest of the world with Californian’s horrible driving.

    I’m located in Orange County in a couple of the richest areas. I see every type of car that is out there in this area. It’s like a car show. Going to a car show isn’t exciting anymore because you see most of the cars driving around anyway. I also work at a place where people buy all the different types of cars. We have Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotus, etc. So you can even see a lot of the cars in the work parking lot.

    Disclaimer: You’re on your own with these tips. They are not the official law and in no way represent what you should be doing should a cop pull you over.

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